Counting machine damage

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by National dealer, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. National dealer

    National dealer Coin Dealer

    Here is an example of what damages can occur during the wrapping process.
    Often confused with genuine errors, the damage can be located at just about any place on the coin. In this case, it only effected the date.

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  3. susanlynn9

    susanlynn9 WINS Member

    Interesting. It would seem to me that some types of damage would be difficult to attribute to the mint or wrapping, then. I would have thought that with wrapping damage, the whole date on this coin would have still been there but with scratches through it. The picture appears like the date was never fully stamped. Very informative, ND. :)
  4. collect4fun

    collect4fun Senior Member

    What are the clues that indicate damage by wrapping machines as opposed to damage by other means?
  5. National dealer

    National dealer Coin Dealer

    Great question sir.

    This coin was probabably a 1941 Lincoln Cent. The pic only picks up the deep groove in the area of the 4. The circular lines give away the culprit in this case. While wrapping machine damage is often mistaken for minting errors, there are diagnostics to look for. Most assume that the wrapping nmachines only scratch the surface near the rim. The flow of the metal in this case is also a tell tale sign. The bottom of the damaged digit was moved up to the right giving the appearance of an upside down v. Neat coin.

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